I ventured to the South Pool at Twin Buttes Reservoir to see lake levels after nearly 3 1/2 months of pumping. It's a sad sight for those familiar with this body of water. Small waves lapped the base of the rock seen above prior to pumping. I would venture lake levels are six to eight feet below their March 1 level. For two weeks in 2013 water naturally trickled through the Equalization Channel. The view below is taken from the channel bed.
Twin Buttes' automated measurement system died in conjunction with pumping. The Bureau of Reclamation looked at the North Pool gauge. As the reservoir elevation got too low to read, they decided not to add anything for automated measurement. A Bureau representative noted:
The City reads the pools manually, roughly once per month. The Bureau receives the readings monthly and expects to receive the June information shortly. This is not really tracked, just filed.
Water Surface Elevation (May report):Middle Concho-1887.24South Concho -1923.55
The City began pumping the South Pool on March 15 with water elevation near 1925 feet and the North Pool at 1888.87. The reading above shows the City pumped nearly 1.5 feet from the South Pool to have the North Pool decline by 1.6 feet. Nothing rose, as repeatedly promised by city officials.
I'll post the new readings once they arrive. I suggest no one hold their breath until the North Pool achieves its promised five foot rise. Meanwhile, the South Pool is great for cows and their byproducts.